A woman was injured after a large rock was tossed into traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Strathmore last week.

RCMP officers responded to a complaint about a rock being thrown into moving traffic on the highway, near Strathmore Highway Camping, on July 4, 2017.

The rock went through a window of a vehicle that was travelling eastbound on the highway, hitting a woman in the face.

“The rock was bigger than a baseball,” said Cst. Denzil Morey, Media Resource Officer Strathmore RCMP.  “Any object thrown at a moving vehicle, assuming the vehicle is driving at highway speeds, which is 110 kilometres on Highway 1 in that area, even a small object could cause a lot of damage, at that speed with momentum.”

The woman was taken to hospital and treated for her injuries. Police say she is still recovering.

“Most of her injuries were to her face area,” said Morey.

Brandon Marleau, 25, and Hunter Marleau, 19, of Strathmore, are both charged with mischief endangering life and assault with a weapon.

“Thankfully we don’t hear of these incidents very often, that’s a good thing. When they do happen it is very concerning for us, it’s very concerning for the general public. Obviously we get a lot of volume on Highway 1, being the Trans-Canada Highway, so when this happens on any road, for that matter, it’s a concern,” said Morey. “And it can cause serious injury, even worse.”

The two men have been released on conditions and are scheduled to appear in Strathmore Provincial Court on July 18, 2017.

If you have any information about this or any other crime, please call Strathmore RCMP at 403-934-3968.  If you want to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).